REM officials boast of a punctuality record but problems persist – Montreal

Those responsible for Montreal’s newest public transportation network – the REM – have posted a solid punctuality record of 99 percent since the trains came into service on July 29.

But other questions remain unanswered.

Noise from elevated tracks remains a problem for many people living near railway tracks.

The CEO says he is aware of the problem and promises to provide answers during public briefings scheduled for later this month.

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“We have already organized a meeting with the people where we are going to present all the results, all the mitigation measures that we are going to take,” said Jean-Marc Arbaud, president and CEO of CDPQ Infra, during a conference Press. press conference Wednesday.

Construction of this ma*sive, fully electric, fully automated rail service is now estimated to cost $7.95 billion, an increase of 26% since construction began in 2018.

Arbaud attributes the cost overruns to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mount Royal Tunnel issues, supply chain issues and labor shortages.

The two other REM branches towards Deux-Montagnes and Anse-à-l’Orme in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue should still be completed by the end of 2024.

Tests on these lines will be carried out next spring.

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